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Lombardi to run for Lockport treasurer

LOCKPORT – Alderman John Lombardi III, a Republican in his 10th year on the Common Council, announced Wednesday he is running for city treasurer this fall.

Lombardi vowed he will abstain on all Council votes regarding the treasurer’s job, including next week’s vote on reducing the duties of the office to primarily tax collection and borrowing supervision, and the expected July vote to cut the job’s salary by more than $30,000, to $50,000. Most of the duties of the office now held by Michael E. White are being shifted to Finance Director Scott A. Schrader.

“Lockport residents know that I have a history of being very independent and outspoken at times, and these characteristics will continue if I am elected city treasurer,” Lombardi said. “I will be cooperative with fellow elected and appointed officials, but I will be fiercely independent.”

With his Council experience, “I truly understand the needs of city taxpayers and the direction that we need to continue to bring this great city back to what I remember it was,” said Lombardi, 57.